The weekend produced some very nice colour ring reading at Chouet Landfill and the beaches of the north and east coast of Guernsey. Although numbers of adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls are thinning out as more birds migrate south, there are still plenty of birds around. The moulting gull flock on Pembroke was also almost 1,000 birds on Sunday morning, and in the "nursery" on the shoreline were a couple of juvenile cr Herring Gulls and my first rarity of the autumn - a Guernsey cr juvenile LBBG (Black 1CC6 from Sark).
At Bellegreve Bay this morning there were at least 14 Mediterranean Gulls (two juveniles); two cr birds seen the previous week (White 3E90 and Green RN09) and three metal-ringed birds. The biggest surprise of the weekend, however, was a colour-ringed Ruddy Turnstone. I'm not sure where this bird was ringed...hopefully all will be revealed soon?!
Ruddy Turnstone with Yellow Flag and Colour Ring (c) PKV
Mediterranean Gull White 3E90
Gull Flock on Pembroke Beach
GBBG Black 50J from Seine-Maritime, France
Gulls at Chouet landfill (all photos (c) PKV)